7 May 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Message to Jas. Cleghorn, Backrow, with a septic corn. Cycled to Glebe, Forest Road, Bannerfield (Frank out), Fairnilee Cottages + Faldonside. It was a fine day with a strong W. wind. In the afternoon I walked across to Bannerfield + again found Frank out. He leaves tomorrow for Findhorn to hunt for flints in the Culbin Sands. His wound is quite healed. I had a big crowd in at night which kept us till 7.30. We had Mrs MacIntosh + Boylan to dinner. Mrs Mc. sent on a bottle of port for the occasion. Boylan told me he was really Viscount Roscommon!

1 James Cleghorn, joiner, aged 57, was at 11 Backrow with his wife Janet; they were born at Ashkirk and Selkirk respectively and they had married at Heatherlie Manse in August 1908

2 Francis Smithson ‘Frank’ Roberts (1864-1947), manufacturer, was the proprietor at Bannerfield [1920 Valuation Roll]

3 Culbin Sands, Dyke And Moy Parish, Morayshire is famous for its finds of arrowheads and other worked flints

4 Agnes Mackintosh née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946)

5 John Dun Boylan (1850-1924), civil engineer, acquaintance of Dr Muir, sometime of Shawmount, Selkirk; this is probably a piece of Boylan’s usual egotism, the Dillon family were the Earls of Roscommon but the title fell dormant in 1850

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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